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Is the St. Jude heart valve MRI safe?

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Patients with St. Jude heart valves may have MRIs under certain conditions, explains St. Jude Medical. If a patient with a St. Jude heart valve needs an MRI, he should show the doctor his St. Jude Medical patient ID card, which contains information about safely performing an MRI.

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As of 2015, MRI conditions that are considered safe for patients with a St. Jude heart valve include a static magnetic field of 1.5 Tesla or 3.0 Tesla, a maximum spatial gradient less than or equal to 3,000 Gauss per centimeter, and a maximum whole-body averaged specific absorption rate of 2.0 watts per kilogram for 15 minutes of scanning in normal operating mode, according to St. Jude Medical. Patients may print a letter from the St. Jude Medical website for their doctors outlining this information.

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